Riley, Cash to Play in 2008 Celebrity Game
McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET

WNBA champs with the Detroit Shock in 2006, former teammates Ruth Riley and Swin Cash will be on different sides of the ball during the 2008 Celebrity Game.
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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 11, 2008 -- 2008 Grammy Award winners Ne-Yo and Common, "Wisegal" heroine Alyssa Milano, "Rush Hour 3" star Chris Tucker, "Friday Night Lights" star Zach Gilford, 2006 "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, and two-time Super Bowl champion Deion Sanders are among 20 celebrities who will battle for Bayou bragging rights in the McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in New Orleans.

The game, which also features WNBA All-Stars Ruth Riley (San Antonio Silver Stars) and Swin Cash (Detroit Shock), will air live on ESPN, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET from NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Former all-star high school point guard Gabrielle Union (Starship Dave) and actress and Touch fashion designer Alyssa Milano, will serve as head coaches for the squads while ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith and ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher will serve as team General Managers. Mark Jones and Jon Barry will call the action, along with courtside reporter Stuart Scott. Hip hop star Lupe Fiasco will perform during the exciting halftime show.

Tickets for the game are $25 and available at 800-4-NBA-TIX (622849), Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets or the New Orleans Arena Box Office. Tickets are SOLD OUT. Tickets include admission to Jam Session on Friday, Feb. 15 where fans of all ages can meet and collect FREE autographs from NBA Players and Legends, shoot, slam, dribble and drive all day, compete against friends in skills challenges and much more.

For the fourth straight year, ESPN will televise the game, which also features NBA and WNBA players, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. It will also air on ESPN HD and will be simulcast on ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobil TV. The game rosters are subject to change without notice. Visit NBA.com/jamsession or call 866-NBA-JAMS for more information.

Last Feb. 16, the team of West celebrities defeated the East squad, 40-21, in Las Vegas behind an MVP effort from Tony Potts, co-anchor of Access Hollywood. Potts registered 14 points and eight rebounds.

The roster for the 2008 McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is as follows:

NEW ORLEANS TEAM
Ne-Yo (2008 Grammy for Best Contemp. Album)
Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights)
Taylor Hicks (2006 American Idol Winner)
Seth Gilliam (The Wire)
James Lafferty (One Tree Hill)
Master P (Hip-hop Artist)
Ruth Riley (WNBA All-Star, San Antonio Silver Stars)
AJ Calloway (Extra)
Coach: Gabrielle Union, (Starship Dave)
General Manager: Stephen A. Smith (ESPN)

HORNETS TEAM
Chris Tucker (Rush Hour 3)
Common (2008 Grammy for Best Rap Perf. By a Duo or Group)
James Kyson Lee (Heroes)
Josh Peck (Drake and Josh)
Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris)
Deion Sanders (Two-Time Super Bowl Champion)
Swin Cash (WNBA All-Star, Detroit Shock)
Tony Potts (Access Hollywood)
Coach: Alyssa Milano, (Wisegal, Touch clothing)
General Manager: Ric Bucher (ESPN)

NOTE: A $20 TICKET (STANDARD PRICE OF ADMISSION) TO JAM SESSION ON FRIDAY, FEB. 15, DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TO THE CELEBRITY GAME.

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